Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 11)

1) Special OKNA meeting about Greeley homeless camp (Wednesday, Dec. 16)
2) adidas Boost Experience (and shop coupon)
3) N Skidmore Street roadwork
4) Share your thoughts about residential infill with Portland

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1) Special OKNA meeting about Greeley homeless camp (Wednesday, Dec. 16)

As announced Thursday, the Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss OKNA’s next steps with regard to the homeless camps near the intersection of N Greeley and N Interstate avenues. Click here to learn more about the meeting.

Mayor Charlie Hales spoke about the camp at City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum. Watch his comments in the video below.

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2) adidas Boost Experience (and shop coupon)

adidasAs part of the Foot Traffic Holiday Half and 5k on Sunday, adidas will feature an interactive display called the adidas Boost Experience.

This display will be located in the surface parking lot by the Yellow Building at the adidas Village and will be open to the public 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Boost Experience features information about our Boost cushioning technology and an opportunity to try the new shoes.

Race participants on Sunday might park in the neighborhood, and there will be some temporary street closures.

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3) N Skidmore Street roadwork

Drivers and bike riders might have noticed that N Skidmore Street between Interstate and Mississippi avenues has been torn up this week. The end is in sight. Portland Bureau of Transportation reports that the work will be done by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Disruptions are possible during work hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From PBOT:

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .55 lane miles of N Skidmore Street, as part of PBOT’s Back to Basics goal of providing preventive maintenance on 100 lane miles of streets each year.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. People riding bicycles should expect rough surfaces when lanes are ground down before repaving. When riding a bicycle, consider using sidewalks and other routes during work hours.

Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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4) Share your thoughts about residential infill with Portland

Portland is growing and new homes are springing up throughout the city. So the City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling neighborhoods to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents.

The Residential Infill Project will propose new and updated rules to address the scale and design of new houses and home additions, as well as determine where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed. The project will also explore alternative housing options that could help keep housing costs down while increasing the variety and types of housing available for Portlanders.

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. You will be able to prioritize the residential infill issues that are most important to you. City staff will use the results of the survey to help identify key community values as the project moves forward.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Dec. 4)

1) OKNA Holiday Potluck party (Friday, Dec. 11)
2) Neighborhood Emergency Team holiday party (Monday, Dec. 14)
3) OKNA statement about homeless camp on N Greeley Avenue
4) Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop – A few seats remain (Sat. Dec. 5)
5) Santa comes to Overlook House (Sunday, Dec. 6)

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1) OKNA Holiday Potluck party (Friday, Dec. 11)

New Years PartyJoin your neighbors at our annual neighborhood holiday party. There will be door prizes and plenty of good cheer to go around as we have a chance to get to know our neighbors better. Kids are welcome.

It’s a potluck, if you are able, please bring a dish or beverage (alcohol is OK). But everyone is invited to come share in the cheer.

OKNA Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Daybreak Cohousing (2525 N Killingsworth St.)

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2) Neighborhood Emergency Team holiday party (Monday, Dec. 14)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is hosting a holiday party for neighbors, too. Show up to celebrate the season and talk with the team. Learn about the exciting work they are doing to prepare Overlook for when emergency strikes. Hopefully the earthquake won’t hit during the party!

NET Holiday Party
Monday, Dec. 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
New American (2103 N Killingsworth St.)

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3) OKNA statement about homeless camp on N Greeley Avenue

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board on Thursday sent a letter to Portland City Council asking that the city find a more humane place to host homeless campers than the site on N Greeley Avenue. Read the statement here.

Some news organizations covered the situation and OKNA’s statement, including:

KOIN 6 – “Rules hard to enforce at growing N Greeley camp

The Oregonian – “North Portland neighbors call for Hazelnut Grove to disband, city to find shelter space

KGW – “Neighbors say camp must close

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4) Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop – A few seats remain (Sat. Dec. 5)

The Dec. 5 morning Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop filled quickly, so we’ve added a second in the early afternoon. Information about foundations, demonstration of how to bolt a houses to a solid foundation, and information on other ways of making houses more seismically stable. A perfect winter DIY project.

The workshop will take place at a residence in the neighborhood. Sign up by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org. The workshop is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location TBA

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5) Santa comes to Overlook House (Sunday, Dec. 6)

santaFriends of Overlook House will host a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself on Sunday. Santa will arrive on a fire engine at 11 a.m. and the event continue to 1:30 p.m. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken with him. Write a letter to the North Pole, get your face painted, play games and enjoy the festive holiday fun with us. See you there!

Santa at Overlook House
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

 

 

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OKNA statement about homeless camps on N Greeley Avenue

OKNA Logo (Transparent)The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday discussed the homeless camps at N Greeley Avenue near N Interstate Avenue. Board members expressed particular concern that the city has neither communicated with the neighborhood nor followed through on its promises to manage the camp responsibly.

Therefore, the Board today sent the following letter to Mayor Charlie Hales and members of City Council asking that the city immediately close the camp, exercise emergency authority to open humane shelters throughout the city, and help campers relocate into them or other more suitable places.

Members of the media and mayoral candidates also received copies of the letter.

Dear Mayor Hales and Commissioners Fritz, Novick, Fish and Saltzman:

The Overlook Neighborhood Association opposes the City of Portland’s continuing to allow homeless camps located at the south end of the Overlook Neighborhood along N Greeley Avenue near N Interstate Avenue.  OKNA initially had serious concerns about the camp. After meeting with campers and after Mayor Charlie Hales’ office pledged that the camp would be managed responsibly, we took a wait-and-see stance. During the last couple of months, we sought to work with the City to make this a success. Unfortunately, the City has not delivered on its pledge nor engaged with the neighborhood in any meaningful way.

Since sanctioning the initial “temporary” encampment at this location with a group of residents numbering fewer than 20, the City has failed to provide any meaningful boundary or population limits, nor safety and enforcement support for the residents.  The number of campers on City property at the site has ballooned beyond the 25 originally discussed for the original camp. By some estimates there are now 55 to 75 residents on the site, most not part of the original group.

The encampment is at the base of a steep bluff, and the site is not suitable to ongoing camping. Pooled water and mud surrounded tents and crude structures during recent rains.  With temperatures dipping into the low 20s, winds whipping through the camp, and weeks of winter rain ahead, living conditions at the site are inhumane and entirely inappropriate for a City that claims to care about all of its residents.

City Hall has failed to communicate its plans and strategies with Overlook Neighborhood. Although the original intent was for a small campsite that would be self-regulating within a code of conduct, that did not last. Many new campers do not consider themselves beholden to the rules, and more arrive seemingly daily, often encouraged to go there by police, social groups and churches without any consideration of whether each person would be a suitable member of the camp. The result is conflicts between the campers and with neighbors, without the promised support from the City to address such problems.

Camp residents have been told by the City that they will not be moved during the winter, but the winter is precisely when they need adequate, safe, warm shelter from the elements.  The pace at which the City is moving under the declared housing state of emergency is intolerable for the many people in North Portland and citywide living outside in this bitter weather.

The people struggling to survive the winter outdoors cannot wait for City Council to dither about developing a long-term strategy to address homelessness. If this truly is an emergency, the City must take emergency measures to provide shelter and services. OKNA strongly urges Portland to open emergency shelters throughout the city immediately.

In the meantime, the current short-term approach of allowing camping at the Greeley site has proven untenable. We ask that the City revoke the permission it has given to camp there and work with campers to find better alternatives throughout Portland without delay.

 

Sincerely,

Overlook Neighborhood Association Board
Dannielle Herman, Chair

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 27)

1) Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop – Second workshop added! (Sat. Dec. 5)
2) Holiday Half & 5K (Sunday, Dec. 13)
3) Adopt-a neighbor program
4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, Dec. 1)

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1) Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop – Second workshop added! (Sat. Dec. 5)

The Dec. 5 morning Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop filled quickly, so we’ve added a second in the early afternoon. Information about foundations, demonstration of how to bolt a houses to a solid foundation, and information on other ways of making houses more seismically stable. A perfect winter DIY project.

The workshop will take place at a residence in the neighborhood. Sign up by emailing sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org. The workshop is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Home Earthquake Retrofit Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location TBA

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2) Holiday Half & 5K (Sunday, Dec. 13)

The sixth annual Holiday Half & 5k race will start and finish at the Adidas campus on Dec. 13. Some of the race will pass through the Overlook neighborhood, and there will be some brief street closures that morning including Greeley Avenue until noon. The Southbound/eastbound lane of Willamette Boulevard also will be closed 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. View half marathon and 5k maps online.

The Holiday Half & 5k benefits Harper’s Playground and a variety of other local charities, schools and church groups.

Tow notice: Please do not park on Willamette Boulevard the morning of the race. The race organizers ask that motorists instead park in driveways or on side streets. In order to protect drivers, vehicles and runners, cars left on Willamette will be towed to the nearest safe spot. This is a free courtesy tow. There will be no bill. If you cannot find your vehicle, call 503-823-0044.

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3) Adopt-a neighbor program

Overlook neighbors have shown amazing self-less spirits the past four years and REACH Resident Services is anxious to get the ball rolling for 2015. Families like those living at Patton Park Apartments (5272 N. Interstate) are often left out of gift-giving and receiving due to the hardships of primarily focusing on meeting basic needs.

REACH Community Development’s Patton Park Apartments is home to over 90 residents living below median income and therefore we are seeking Overlook neighbors who are interested in adopting a neighbor for the holidays.

If interested in adopting or for more information contact Patricia Haggerty, Resident Services Coordinator, at (503)546-1662 phaggerty@reachcdc.org.

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4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, Dec. 1)

OKNA Board meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 21)

1) Santa Claus to visit Overlook House (Sunday, Dec. 6)
2) Free flu shots (Monday, Dec. 7)
3) Landlord training (Friday, Dec. 11, 12, 14 and 16)

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1) Santa Claus to visit Overlook House (Sunday, Dec. 6)

santaFriends of Overlook House will host a visit from the jolly old elf himself on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Be there at 11 to see Santa Claus arrive on a fire engine. Tell Santa what you want for the holidays and have your picture taken with him. Write a letter to the North Pole, get your face painted, play games, and enjoy the special holiday fun.

Santa at Overlook House
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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2) Free flu shots (Monday, Dec. 7)

Legacy Health is offering free flu shots to people age six months and older the week of Dec. 7. Shots will be available in North Portland at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Monday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. No one wants to get the flu. Get your shot and improve your chances of a healthy winter.

Free flu shots
Monday, Dec. 7, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (2801 N Gantenbein Ave.)

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3) Landlord training (Friday, Dec. 11, 12, 14 and 16)

Thinking about renting out some space? Already a landlord? Portland’s Bureau of Development Services offers training to make sure landlords know the rules. There four opportunities to attend the one-day class in December. (See all of the dates and locations by clicking here.)

Since 1989, this nationally recognized program has taught over 18,500 Portland-area owners and managers representing over 383,000 rental units on how to keep illegal activity out of rentals, maintain property in compliance with City maintenance regulations, and partner with City services/programs both to provide habitable housing and protect their residential property investment. The Landlord Training Program is made available by funding received from the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

This program is constantly updated to current laws and issues, and has been adopted by over 550 cities and counties across the nation. The content of the course reflects in-depth research with organizations and individuals in police work, housing maintenance, property management, law, and public housing.

The Workshop focuses on keeping rental properties safe and free of illegal activity by training landlords in effective property management, and techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants.

The classes are free to attend, but participants are strongly encouraged to purchase a $20 Landlord Training manual.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 13)

1) The future of parking on neighborhood streets (Wednesday, Nov. 18)
2) Want to open a marijuana shop? Learn the rules first (Nov. 18-19)
3) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 17)

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1) The future of parking on neighborhood streets (Wednesday, Nov. 18)

Back in June, over 160 people attended The Future of Parking: Portland Parking Symposium, where leading experts shared their innovative parking approaches, tools, and strategies relevant to our Portland communities. Infused with this knowledge, two public advisory committees have carefully studied and explored ways to improve the state of parking in our Central City and in our Centers and Corridors.

Come see the committees’ preliminary recommendations, including new programs for better management of public parking and updated Central City zoning recommendations for new and existing private parking. Provide your own feedback to shape the future of parking in Portland.

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2) Want to open a marijuana shop? Learn the rules first (Nov. 18-19)

MarijuanaThe City of Portland’s Marijuana Policy Program, through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, will be hosting two Marijuana Business License Workshops on how to navigate the Marijuana Regulatory License application process on Wed. Nov. 18 (12 to 2p.m.), and Thu. Nov. 19 (3 to 5 p.m.) at the Portland Building Auditorium.

Participants will learn about distancing requirements, what permits are needed, coordinating between different agencies and jurisdictions, completing the application from start to finish, and more.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will also be on hand to answer questions.

Registration is REQUIRED: please go to www.MarijuanaLicensing101.eventbrite.com to register.

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3) Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 17)

Join your neighbors on Tuesday to hear a neighborhood safety report and an update about the homeless camp on N Greeley Ave. near Interstate Ave.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Nov. 6)

1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 14-15)
2) Prepare for disaster with the Neighborhood Emergency Team (Tuesday, Nov. 10)
3) Portland community survey results are in
4) City off-road cycling committee accepting applications
5) Water look strange? There’s no need to worry.

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1) Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar (Sat.-Sun., Nov. 14-15)

Winter HolidayVisit the Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar for a great opportunity to begin holiday shopping in the neighborhood. More than 30 artisans and crafters will fill all three floors of the Overlook House. Shoppers will find it bursting with stocking stuffers as well as that perfect gift for someone special.

All items are hand-made locally. New vendors will join some old favorites. Artisans include photographers, painters, knitters, weavers, glassblowers, ceramicists and more. Gifts include jewelry, soaps, clothing, ornaments, candies, photographs, paintings and much more.

Stop by the dining room for delicious baked goods – both savory and sweet – prepared by neighbors. Anyone who would like to make a favorite treat and donate it to the bake sale table should bring it by on Friday, Nov. 13, between 4 and 8 p.m., or on Saturday morning around 9. Bake sale proceeds benefit future programs at Overlook House.

Overlook House Holiday Craft Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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2) Prepare for disaster with the Neighborhood Emergency Team (Tuesday, Nov. 10)

Are you ready for a big earthquake or other disaster? Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is a group of neighbors dedicated to promoting disaster preparedness in our neighborhood.

earthquake-safetyLearn more about them and how you can get ready on Tuesday at NET’s Skills and Drills series at Beach School  6:30 – 8 p.m. Everyone will meet at the corner of N Humboldt Avenue and N Denver Street. Bring whatever response gear you have. If you have a “go bag,” great. If you don’t have one (or have never heard of such a thing), please join the group just the same. Look for orange helmets.

Overlook’s NET also holds regular meetings the second Monday of even numbered months. The next will take place Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Lucky Lab.

Send questions to overlookprepares@gmail.com.

Emergency Skills and Drills
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
N Humboldt Avenue and N Denver Street

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3) Portland community survey results are in

Did you know that 87 percent of North Portland residents rank the quality of parks near their homes as Good or Very Good? Or that only half feel safe or very safe walking around North Portland at night?

These data and more are available in the City Auditor’s 2015 Community Survey. It reports residents’ views citywide and by quadrant, covering a wide range of topics including housing affordability, city utilities and transportation.

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4) City off-road cycling committee accepting applications

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is recruiting for Project Advisory Committee members for the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan.

The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan project will develop a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling facilities – such as sustainable trail networks, skill parks and pump tracks – for a variety of users, including children, adults and families.

In addition to a broad community outreach and engagement process, a Project Advisory Committee will guide the development of the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan. The Advisory Committee will advise staff throughout the development of the Plan and will have the opportunity to submit a Committee report in the Plan’s transmittal to City Council.

The Committee will include 15 at-large community representatives, ideally including:

  • Trail and park users
  • Portlanders with interests, skills, knowledge and expertise in off-road cycling, environmental stewardship, trail design or management, outdoor recreation, business, tourism and health.
  • Members who might be able to contribute perspectives or experiences from historically under-represented or under-served communities, such as communities of color, Portlanders with limited-English proficiency, low-income residents, youth, and Portlanders with disabilities.

The City is particularly interested in members who can bring and consider multiple perspectives and who can think creatively about off-road cycling opportunities citywide.

The Committee will meet approximately monthly for up to one year. Translation, accommodations and childcare will be provided with advance notice.

A Statement of Interest must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.

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5) Water look strange? There’s no need to worry.

WatershedThe Portland Water Bureau reminds city residents that discolored tap water is a common occurrence this time of year. Unusually dry weather this year meant that since July, the Portland Water Bureau has been supplementing the Bull Run water supply with a blend of groundwater from our Columbia South Shore Well Fields.  Fall rain has finally returned, and as of November 4, 2015, Portland will return to 100 percent Bull Run water.  As we return to the Bull Run source, especially at this time of year, some customers may notice a slight color change in their drinking water.

This is a normal occurrence in our system, as our water supply originates in the Bull Run Watershed near Mt. Hood. Before the water is treated and enters the distribution system, it can take on a tint from organic materials that are washed into the streams and the reservoirs in the watershed, particularly after the first fall rains. Drinking water from the Bull Run is not filtered, which is often why the color can be seen in tap water or staining the filters in your business or home.

The color you see is produced by tannins in organic material, much the same as the color you find in a cup of tea. There is nothing harmful to your health from these tannins. The color effects only the appearance of the water, not the quality.

The length of the fall color season varies with the strength and duration of the rains we experience during this time of year and how much organic material is carried into the system.

As always, the Portland Water Bureau constantly monitors the water entering the distribution system to ensure that it continues to meet all state and federal regulations for safe drinking water, and customers are notified of any changes that may affect the quality of the water we bring to you.

Any questions may be directed to the Water Quality Information Line at 503-823-7525.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 30)

1) Young children’s Halloween party (Saturday, Oct. 31)
2) Portland seeks lifeguards
3) Legislative Advocacy 101 (Wednesday, Dec. 2)
4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 3)

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1) Young children’s Halloween party (Saturday, Oct. 31)

ghost_with_bagOverlook families with children ages 1 to 5 are invited to come and enjoy fun Halloween activities at Overlook House on Oct. 31. Wear your costume and dance under the disco ball, create crafts, play games and munch on healthy snacks.

Volunteers are always appreciated. Please contact Friends of Overlook House at OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com if you can help setup or cleanup, supervise crafts, or bring treats.

The event is sponsored free by Friends of Overlook House.

Family Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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2) Portland seeks lifeguards

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hiring for both immediate aquatics vacancies and for similar positions during the summer 2016. The bureau is accepting applications now for lifeguard, swim instructor and water fitness instructor positions.  Jobs are and will be open at PP&R swimming pools located throughout the city.

lifeguardPortland Parks & Recreation Aquatics offers competitive wages, a positive working environment, flexible hours, opportunity for advancement and an employee recognition program.

With six indoor and seven outdoor pools throughout the city, our “Parkies” have the opportunity to provide a service to their community while earning wages ranging from $9.75-13.25 per hour.

Training courses for those interested in becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor are available through Portland Parks & Recreation.  Lifeguard and swim instructor training courses are offered during Winter Break – December 27-30, 2015.

For more information regarding training courses and employment opportunities or to request an employment application call Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics at 503-823-5130.

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3) Legislative Advocacy 101 (Wednesday, Dec. 2)

Legislative Advocacy 101 will provide community members with tips on how to be effective advocates for their community or neighborhood during the upcoming 2016 and 2017 state legislative sessions and the 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and community advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.

Panelists will include:

Legislative Advocacy 101
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Portland Building (1120 SW 5th Ave.)
Second floor auditorium

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4) OKNA Board meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 3)

OKNA Board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 23)

1) Fall gardening tips
2) Civil conversation about the Greeley homeless camp

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1) Fall gardening tips

Days and nights are getting colder. Is your yard ready for winter?

The Portland Water Bureau this week released a few tips to help people prepare their gardens and irrigation systems for the coming cold:

  • Compost your autumn leaves and other garden debris so you will have homemade mulch to add to your garden come spring.
  • Add waterwise plants to your garden now so that they can use this fall’s rainfall to start getting established. Get ideas from their Waterwise Plant Guide.
  • Remember to winterize your automatic sprinkler system and faucets. Taking time to winterize this fall will help to prevent broken pipes this winter and ensure that your system will function correctly when you set everything back up next spring.
  • Give your lawn a little TLC. Fall is a great time to give your lawn a little pick me up for next spring and summer. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

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2) Civil conversation about the Greeley homeless camp

Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting featured a conversation about the homeless camp on Greeley Avenue. Neighborhood residents and campers both were in attendance sharing their thoughts. Read about the current state of things in this Portland Mercury story.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 16)

1) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Oct. 20)
2) Family Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)
3) Mental health awareness training (Oct. 29)
4) No Ivy Day (Oct. 24)
5) STEM at Roosevelt High School (Oct. 21)

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1) Overlook Neighborhood Association Meeting (Oct. 20)

Gather with your neighbors on Tuesday to discuss what’s happening in Overlook. Chad Stover, who is Mayor Charlie Hales’ livability project manager, will be on hand to discuss the homeless camp on N Greeley Ave. The Portland Mercury had a story this week about the camp that quoted OKNA Board Member Chris Trejbal.

Other items on the agenda include Portland Harbor cleanup and Pittman Hydro Park.

OKNA general meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.)
Agenda

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2) Family Halloween party at Overlook House (Oct. 31)

halloweenOverlook families with children ages 1 to 5 are invited to come and enjoy fun Halloween activities at Overlook House on Oct. 31. Wear your costume and dance under the disco ball, create crafts, play games and munch on healthy snacks.

Volunteers are always appreciated. Please contact Friends of Overlook House at OverlookHouseEvents@gmail.com if you can help setup or cleanup, supervise crafts, or bring treats.

The event is sponsored free by Friends of Overlook House.

Family Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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3) Mental health awareness training (Oct. 29)

Have you had an uncomfortable experience with someone in a mental health crisis? These can be difficult situations.  Learn more about how to respond in an effective compassionate way at an upcoming training session being run by North Portland Crime Prevention.

Topics include:

  • Basic information about signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
  • Best practices in communicating with individuals experiencing symptoms from these illnesses.
  • Differences and similarities between crisis induced by mental health illness and/or drugs and alcohol.
  • Resources for people experiencing a crisis.
  • Collaboration as a community to consistently address these issues.

For more information, contact Angie Russo, crime prevention coordinator at angie.russo@portlandoregon.gov.

Mental Health Awareness Training: Effective Communication Strategies and Resources
BES Water Pollution Lab, Bybee Room, (6543 N Burlington)
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m.

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4) No Ivy Day (Oct. 24)

Portland Parks & Recreation’s City Nature division, the No Ivy League and volunteers across the region are proud to take part in the 12th annual No Ivy Day.  Volunteers will focus on removing this invasive species from Portland’s treasured parks and natural areas on Saturday, Oct. 24.

NoIvy2014During last year’s No Ivy Day, more than 300 volunteers removed more than 65,000 square feet of ivy, blackberry and clematis, planted and mulched nearly 400 trees and shrubs and built 50 feet of trail.  The hope is to accomplish even more this year.

All volunteers are invited to take part in a celebration after the citywide work parties featuring lunch, free T-shirts while they last and a chance to meet fellow ivy pullers.

Click here to learn how to join or host your own ivy removal work party and to learn more about invasive English ivy.

Ivy removal work parties run from 9 a.m. to noon. Gatherings for food and celebration follow at several locations.

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5) STEM at Roosevelt High School (Oct. 21)

The OKNA Board recently voted to urge Portland Public Schools to create a full STEM program at Roosevelt High School in a refurbished auto shop space. The board sent a letter to PPS. (Read the letter.)

The PPS Board Bond Committee will meet on Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m. at the PPS offices. This is the meeting at which the district’s report on what it would take to convert the auto shop for STEM will be presented. There will be limited time during the meeting for public comment. If you are interested in commenting, please attend.

PPS Board Bond Committee
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m.
PPS Offices (501 N Dixon St.)

 

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